Today (or tomorrow) is the start of the Persian new year, which is widely celebrated in Asia and Europe, especially amongst those peoples of Turkic or Iranian descent. The festival itself is over 3000 years old, with tradition dating it to 13,000 BC. It usually involves spring cleaning, so if any of you were looking for an excuse, here it is. If you see an Iranian, greet them thus: Eydetoon MobÄrak. Of our regulars, Justforfun might celebrate it, but I would be interested to know if anyone else does. The Mughal emperors used to mark the day by weighing themselves against precious metals and stones, and then distributing the amount to the general populace.
(Typical Persians, possibly discussing the new year)
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